Mokoena helps Dikwena to SAB

2016-07-20 06:00
JACOB MLANGENI of Dikwena United FC on the ball, with the Roses FC players in pursuit, during their play-off game at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium in Qwaqwa. Photo: Tladi Moloi

JACOB MLANGENI of Dikwena United FC on the ball, with the Roses FC players in pursuit, during their play-off game at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium in Qwaqwa. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – Mojalefa Mokoena scored a late goal to send Dikwena United FC to the South African Football Association’s (Safa) third division, the South African Breweries (SAB) League.

Dikwena FC would be promoted with Dynamos of Marquard.

Dynamos bounced back in the SAB League after finishing top of its stream, which had included Black Ravens and Mighty Gunners.

Dikwena United FC narrowly beat Roses FC by 1-0 in the deciding game of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Local Football Association’s (LFA) promotional play-offs that were held at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium in Qwaqwa on Sunday (17/07).

The team from Lindley started the game hoping for a draw after they had won their first game against the play-off walkovers of Bayern Munich from Memel by 7-0.

They needed a point against United, who had won by 4-0 in their first game, beating Munich.

Roses’ plan was to have more bodies behind the ball to protect their goal poles for as long as possible, as they needed a draw.

However, that could not last 90 minutes, as the super-sub, Mokoena, scored with a header following a goalkeeper blunder and it was too late for the visitors to bounce back.

Mokoena said he was delighted to have scored an important goal for the team. He said that, even though his name was on the score sheet, it was a team effort.

“It was not easy to break the opponents’ last line, as they had more bodies behind the ball. We knew that they would do that, since they needed a draw.

“When the coach called me from the bench, I told myself that I was going to push until I got the goal and I got it,” he said.

He said he had been told to push the opponents into their own 18-yards box so that they would make mistakes.

Teboho Dlamini, United head coach, said they had never thought they would conquer the play-offs after waiting a long time for the Maluti-a-Phofung LFA disciplinary committee to decide about the case they were involved in.

“That nearly killed us, because our players’ minds were no longer on the play-offs.

“Nonetheless, I am happy that they managed to quickly switch on and win the games. We will give them a week’s break before we come back to prepare for the season ahead,” he said.

Menki Mosia, the president of the Safa Thabo Mofutsanyana regional league, has congratulated both Dynamos and United for gaining promotion. He has welcomed them into the regional league. “I am happy for both teams, but they would have to prepare the teams for the tough season in the SAB,” he said.

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